A Life Less Ordinary for Local Sailor

25 May 2012

20120503_PH_T1015674_0005 Able Stores Accountant Maine Clements enjoying her sea time onboard HMNZS OTAGO

Don’t let the word ‘accountant’ in her job title fool you, there’s nothing boring about Maine Clement’s life in the Royal New Zealand Navy.

Sailing to Rarotonga at the end of May in the position of Stores Accountant onboard one of the Navy’s newest vessels is sure to be the latest career highlight for the ex-Tauranga local.

Maine Clements was born and raised in Tauranga, however she has a strong connection to Rarotonga, where her mother is from and her brother now lives. She is excited to visit there as part of HMNZS OTAGO’s crew during the three month deployment around the Pacific Islands.

Onboard the ship she looks after the logistical requirements for Command, particularly focusing on engineering stores for maintenance of critical equipment. Her secondary role is in the Fire and Emergency party as a hose tender, ready to fight any emergency at sea.

Maine has spent much of her three years in the Navy at sea, but she has also found time to represent the Navy in sport. In her first year playing Volleyball for the Service she was named in the New Zealand Defence Force team, and won the Rookie of the Tournament trophy.

However, it was her work onboard HMNZS CANTERBURY during the Christchurch Earthquake in February 2011 that is really etched in her mind. "Being able to provide immediate support to a community in need is something you train for, but is unbelievable when experienced for real."

Maine attended Tauranga Girls College and joined the Navy to follow in the footsteps of her older brother. "I joined straight from school and it looked like an exciting and challenging career. It has turned out to be the best decision I have made in my life so far, and I have experienced so many things that I wouldn’t have been able to if I had done something else."

HMNZS OTAGO sails from Devonport Naval Base on Friday 25 May 2012 for a three month trip in the Pacific Islands, including supporting the Samoan 50th Anniversary celebrations.


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This page was last reviewed on 28 May 2012.